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Zumbrota Christmas Tour of Homes is December 7

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota Area Historical Society is hosting its 14th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday afternoon, December 7, from 12:30-4 p.m. Four homes are featured and will be decorated for the holidays. This year there will be two newer homes along with two older homes on the tour. The History Museum (55 East 3rd Street) will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for house tour attendees to see a special Christmas display of colored glassware of the Depression era and have refreshments.

The four homes on the tour are Bob and Stacy Epps, 1220 Main Street South; Dr. Stacy and Mark Johnson, 118 East 4th Street; Curtis and Julie Schrimpf, 300 Sugarloaf Parkway; and Bruce and Tammy Goodman, 1021 West 2nd Street.

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ZM is hosting two Amity teachers this school year


Amity Program teachers at Zumbrota-Mazeppa School for the 2013-14 year are in front of a painted mural in a primary school hallway in Zumbrota. Willian Mora is from Colombia and working with students in the high school. Gema Bejarano is from Spain and working with primary and elementary classes. ZM School has participated with the Amity Institute’s Cultural Exchange Program since 2000.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools has been participating in the Amity Ins-titute’s Cultural Exchange Program since 2000. Again this year, two Amity teachers arrived in Zumbrota just prior to the beginning of the current school year and have settled into their roles and the community. They are Willian Mora of Colombia and  Gema Bejarano of Spain. Over the years, integration funding dollars from the state and the ZM Education Foundation have provided the financial support to bring the interns from other countries to ZM classrooms. 

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Turkey Trot to benefit Zumbrota Area Food Shelf

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – There is good news and not so good news about the fourth annual Turkey Trot. Each of the previous years has seen growth, both in the numbers of participants and the money raised for the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf. That is the good news. Unfortunately, the needs of the food shelf have also continued to grow. The Turkey Trot will be held at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 28, at the Covered Bridge. 

Since its beginning in 2010, participation in the Turkey Trot has increased from 10 people to 47 in 2011, with another substantial increase to 80 registered walkers, runners, bikers, trikers, and strollers last year. Laurie Brengman, one of the event’s organizers, has set a goal of 100 participants this year and of beating last year’s record amount of monetary donations of $665 and 314 pounds of food that was collected.

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Zumbrota film auditions scheduled for December

ZUMBROTA – My Town Pictures is holding open auditions for a major independent film to be produced in Zumbrota this coming spring.  Auditions will be Tuesday, December 3, from 4-9 p.m. at the State Theatre, 96 East 4th Street.  The film, “His Neighbor Phil,” is an emotional comedy/drama with a spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease.  

While acting experience is helpful, no experience is required for auditioning. Writer/producer/director Scott Thompson will conduct auditions in an improv format to keep the process lighthearted and fun. Anyone age 18 and older can try out for a role in the film.  Some roles will be very significant and will include major scenes with national cast members.   

My Town Pictures is the producer of the recent film “One Song,” which was filmed in Excelsior last month.

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ZM production of "Grease" will be November 21-24


Danny, played by Griffin Gartner (standing), brags about his “summer nights” to his greaser buddies played by, from left to right, Landon Rauen, Bailey Berg, Colton Webster, and Cole Haferman.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Over 100 Zum-brota-Mazeppa students in grades 5-12 will be involved in “Grease,” which hits the stage at the auditorium in Zumbrota November 21-24. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. November 21-23 and 2 p.m. on November 24.

Aaron Schumacher, who is co-directing the show along with Anne Solberg, said, “Grease, the award-winning musical about hot-rodding, hand-jiving high schoolers of the 1950s, is the perfect way to showcase the talented group of more than 100 middle school and high school students of Zumbrota-Mazeppa.” In addition to Schu-macher and Solberg, three choreographers, Nancy Drackley, Lori Rauen and Rebecca Sjolander, have been working with the students in preparation for the performances.

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Give to the Max Day is November 14

Community Trust matching grant doubles your gift

ZUMBROTA – An anonymous donor will match gifts to the Zumbrota Community Trust up to a total of $1,000 on Give to the Max Day, November 14. This is the first time the trust has been offered a matching grant. Board members are very excited about the good the funds can do for the Zumbrota area.

Donations last year totaled nearly $500, which was disbursed in addition to funds allocated by the annual grant program in October. A total of $1,000 in gifts this year will bring $2,000 in revenue to the trust. To help the trust reach this goal, you can give online at http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Zumbrota-Community-Trust (or Google “Give to the Max” and type “Zumbrota Community Trust” in the search box.)  

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Sorby and Lawson are among new Zumbrota firefighters


Ben Lawson and Scott Sorby are new members of the Zumbrota Fire Department.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Scott Sorby and Ben Lawson are among recent volunteers to join the Zumbrota Fire Department. During the past summer, the two local residents, along with Allen Jantzen and Joshua Finstuen completed the required initial training and testing. Introductions of Jantzen and Finstuen appeared in a previous News-Record article. 

Scott Sorby

Sorby moved to Zumbrota from Cannon Falls in 2011. With firefighting deeply rooted in his family history, it was a natural decision for Sorby to join the fire department. With great-grandfathers on both sides of the family, aunts, uncles, and his dad all firefighters, Sorby said, “I pretty much grew up around a fire hall.”   

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Sixty-year members of Mazeppa American Legion recognized


Eighty-five people attended the annual Mazeppa veterans supper on Saturday, November 9 at the Mazeppa Legion Post #588. From left to right are Roy Goranson, Commander of the Mazeppa Legion and Veterans Honor Guard; Frank Goplen, keynote speaker and World War II ex-POW; Ivan Frank; Martin Meerkins; Bob Tri; Frank Irwin, Mazeppa Legion 1st Vice Commander and Membership Chairman; and Lenora Irwin, Mazeppa American Legion Auxiliary President. Frank, Meerkins, and Tri have been members of the Mazeppa Legion for over 60 years.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – The annual veterans supper was held at Mazeppa American Legion Post #588 on November 9. Receiving special recognition were five men who have been members of the post for sixty or more years. Four of these men served during the Korean War and one served during World War II.

John Befort served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952-1953. He was assigned to the ordinance division (rebuilding old jeep motors and half-trucks) in Yokahama, Japan, and was thankful for that location rather than being sent to Korea. Befort joined the Legion after his return from the military. Befort has been a member of the Mazeppa American Legion for 61 years. He enjoys receiving the Legion magazine and keeping up on veterans’ issues. He has been married to Joan for 56 years and they have five children and ten grandchildren.  

Wed
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2013 ZM School District audit is "clean"

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

PINE ISLAND – On October 28, Kim Hillberg of Clinton, Larson, Allen LLP presented the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District audit report ending on June 30, 2013 to the school board. She said the district’s financial statements were accurately stated and the district has a “clean” audit opinion. There were no issues of legal compliance in the district’s financial statements.

General Fund

The General Fund (GF) Balance totaled $1,100,000 at the end of 2013. This included $504,000 of non-spendable fund balance with $264,000 for the lots for the vocational education construction projects, $67,000 of student activity funds, and other committed funds. 

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Pastor Isaacson to retire from the ministry on November 10


Pastor Tom Isaacson

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – After 28 years in the ordained ministry, Pastor Tom Isaacson will retire November 10. An open house retirement celebration will be held in his honor Sunday afternoon, November 10, from 2-5 p.m. at United Redeemer Lutheran Church at 560 West 3rd Street in Zumbrota. A short program is planned at 3 p.m. 

Pastor Ike, as he is frequently called, and his wife Dianne came to Zumbrota in March 2005 when he was began serving the United Redeemer congregation as senior pastor. Prior to that, Pastor Ike, a native of Grand Rapids, served congregations in Lake Mills and Waterloo, Iowa, and Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. 

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